No one likes to hear that their tooth needs a root canal, but root canals are often necessary if your tooth sustained damage or is infected. At Kingsway Dental Centre in Edmonton, we can provide a pain-free, gentle root canal in order to restore your tooth and comfort.
Why Get a Root Canal?
Root canals are often our last chance to save your affected tooth. Saving your natural tooth is important because once tooth loss occurs, it can create a negative chain reaction with your oral health; if left untreated the bacterial infection could spread.
A missing tooth can cause problems with your bite (malocclusion) and potential bone loss because the teeth and jawbone have a dependent relationship. When you have a missing tooth, your remaining teeth may shift because of the gap in your smile.
Root Canal Treatment
The following symptoms indicate the need for treatment:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swelling of your face or jaw
- A pimple-like eruption on your gums
- Dark tooth color
- Severe Pain
In order to determine the need for a root canal procedure, one of our dentists will perform an evaluation and take an x-ray of the tooth. If you need a root canal procedure, you may find that the treatment relieves much of your discomfort and provides pain relief.
How Root Canal Therapy Works
We will make sure you are completely numb for your procedure. Your comfort and well being are our number one priority.
Root canal treatment starts by making a small hole in your tooth in order to gain access to your tooth’s canal. Your dentist will then completely clean out the infection and place some medication to help with the healing of your treated tooth. Once your root canal is complete, he will fill the canal with an inert material and close your tooth back up.
You should start feeling better within a few days. Your dentist can give you advice regarding managing your discomfort, if necessary. Gradually, as your body’s natural healing ability takes over and the infection clears up, you will feel normal again. If discomfort persists for more than a few days, please let us know.
After your root canal treatment, you may need a dental crown in order to protect your tooth from tooth decay and gum disease. After root canals, your tooth will be brittle and more fragile. A crown protects your tooth by placing a protective cover over the top that absorbs some of the force of chewing.
Call our dental office to Schedule an Exam
If your in pain and suspect you need a root canal, the best way to find out is to come in for an exam with Dr. Haymour, Dr. Everett Postill, or Dr. George Laschuck our Edmonton dentists. Once we perform a thorough exam, we can let you know the dental services available that will successfully support your dental health.
Our Kingsway Dental Centre team is gentle and welcoming. We treat patients with care and respect. We look forward to meeting you and exceeding your expectations. Regular dental visits will decrease your chances of the needing a root canal. Contact our dental clinic today.